The Storage Requirements for 100% Virtualization

Post by George Crump (thank you)

After a rapid move from test to production, virtualization of existing servers in many companies seems to slow down. While it is true that most data centers have adopted a virtualize first philosophy, getting those older, mission critical workloads virtualized seems to be a thorny issue. These applications are often at the heart of an organization’s revenue or customer interaction and tend to be unpredictable in the resources they require. This is especially true when it comes to storage and networking.

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Docker and Storage – Understanding Docker I/O

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Designing a Docker Storage Infrastructure

A recent Storage Switzerland report covered the basics of Docker and Storage; what Docker is and how it impacts storage. Container technology and Docker specifically places unique demands on the storage infrastructure that most legacy storage architectures are ill-prepared to handle. The initial concern is developing a storage infrastructure that will support a container based dev/ops environment. The second concern is that these infrastructures will have to support containers in production as the value of something more granular than a virtual machine (VM) is understood.

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Is Software-Defined Storage Enough?

Good post by George Crump (thank you)

Initiatives like server virtualization, cloud infrastructure-as-a-service, and real-time analytics are allowing IT to meet today’s ever-increasing business demands. These initiatives are designed to bring agility to the data center, yet they trip and fall when they have to interact with the silo’ed storage infrastructure. Software Defined Storage (SDS) was supposed to be the answer. But for the most part, SDS is really storage software without the reliance on dedicated hardware, and is limited to specific storage containers. Most SDS solutions cannot extend a container across vendors, formats (file, block, object) or protocols. Even hyper-converged systems don’t help. They attempt to solve this problem by moving all enterprise data into a bigger and proprietary container at the server layer.

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The Benefits of a Cloud Integrated Hyper-converged Architecture

Post by George Crump (thank you)

Hyper-converged architectures (HCA) consolidate compute, storage and networking onto a single server and then through software, aggregate these servers, creating a shared pool of resources. These resources can then be allocated to virtual machines (VMs) based on their performance and capacity demands. The goal is to simplify the purchasing, implementation and operation of the data center by consolidating or converging it. The logical next step for HCA is to extend its capabilities to the cloud allowing data centers of all sizes to achieve greater flexibility and resilience from disaster.

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VMware Virtual SAN Health Check Plugin

Post by Rawlinson Rivera (thank you)

Introducing the Virtual SAN Health Check Plugin, a tool designed to deliver a simplified troubleshooting and monitoring experience of all things Virtual SAN for vSphere Administrators. This plugin delivers over thirty different health checks specifically for Virtual SAN ranging from hardware compatibility, networking configuration, operations, advanced configuration options, storage device, and virtual machines.

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It’s time to “VMware” Storage

Good post by George Crump (thank you)

Before hypervisors like VMware, Hyper-V and KVM came to market, data centers had few options when it came to managing the growth of their server infrastructure. They could buy one big server that ran multiple applications, which, while it simplified operations and support, meant that one application was at the mercy of the other applications in terms of reliability and performance. Alternatively, IT professionals could buy a server for each application as it came online but this sacrificed operational efficiency and IT budget to the demands of fault and performance isolation. Until hypervisors came to market, the latter choice was considered to be the best practice.

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Installation Project: HP 3PAR StoreServ

Good post by Markus Leinonen (thank you)

With our previous installation project (part 1 & part 2) we installed the complete HP blade server infrastructure with Generation 9 blade servers and Virtual Connect FlexFabric modules up&running in the rack. They have been on display in the PROOFMARK portal ever since and quite a few of you have already seen them in action. Now it is time to add some serious storage to the picture!

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Musing: Who Cares About FCoE in 2015 ?

Good post by Greg Ferro (thank you)

While I continue to scratch my head about who is foolish enough to actually deploy FCoE, perhaps a more important question is which vendors care about it ?

Answer ? Brocade and Cisco.

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Analyst Blog: What are Converged Infrastructures? Part 1 – Hardware Convergence

Good post by George Crump (thank you)

Every so often it makes sense to take a step back and attempt to define the terms that we in the industry use to describe the approaches we take to solving customer problems. One of those is “converged architectures”. When defining anything in the IT industry you have to strike a balance to make sure that the definition is specific enough to be useful, but not so detailed that it becomes a product definition instead of a category definition.

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The Rack Endgame: Converged Infrastructure and Disaggregation

Good post by Stephen Foskett (thank you)

As I’ve written about what I’m calling the “Rack Endgame”, the specter of converged infrastructure hasn’t been far from my thoughts. As others have pointed out, disaggregation of servers, networks, and storage doesn’t require a rack-sized stack; it can exist in a rack-mountable chassis and is already on sale!

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